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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction:


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
It's no secret that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was somewhat of a letdown considering it was pegged as the mobile giant's multimedia powerhouse. On paper, it looked great, but the reality was the likes of HTC's Sense UI made Sony Ericsson's Android skin feel more like a beta than a final release. The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc therefore represents a reboot - curvaceously sexy, endowed with a new screen technology and a revised UI, Sony Ericsson hopes it can mend some perceptions the X10 created- and from the offset, the odds are already looking more favourable for Sony Ericsson's new flagship.


Design:

We said it in our introduction - this is a sexy phone. At just 8.7mm in the middle, which gradually becomes 10mm at both ends, it feels waif-like in the hand in the best way possible. Without fail, everybody who held this phone commented on the slickness of design. The arched profile makes it more comfortable to hold and handle and lends to offset the bulk the 4.2” display could potentially lumber the handset with.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc has an arched profile that makes it more comfortable to hold - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc has an arched profile that makes it more comfortable to hold - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc has an arched profile that makes it more comfortable to hold - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc has an arched profile that makes it more comfortable to hold


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The screen is a Super LCD, with 480x854 pixels measuring in at 4.2". In turn, while the resolution isn't going to set the Sony Ericsson arc apart, the fact that it's graced with Sony's BRAVIA engine that the company uses in its award-winning flat screen TVs does. We can attest that there is a difference as photo and video playback is truly bright and vivid, though we nevertheless prefer Super AMOLED, as it enables these vibrant colors anywhere throughout the interface. The display is comfortable to use in the bright outdoors which is great, though viewing angles aren't what we'd hope from a premium screen. Nevertheless, when looked at head-on, the screen delivers a distinctly premium viewing experience.


Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons – back, home and menu. They are reminiscent of what we have on the other phones in the Xperia line, and are illuminated, however, their icons aren't, which is somewhat unintuitive. The three keys have a nice rubbery feeling to them when pressed and are very easy to operate.

Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

Under the screen are three thin Android navigational buttons


The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc comes in a “Midnight Blue” and “Misty Silver” version, both of which look stunning. The whole design is made of quality plastic which keeps the weight down, so while not as robust as aluminum unibody handsets for example, the thinness and lightness endows the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc with a huge amount of appeal.

The “Misty Silver” version of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The “Misty Silver” version of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

The “Misty Silver” version of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc


The camera sensor is placed in  the upper edge on the back - which means you have to be careful not to place your finger over the lens when shooting. Combine that with the rather smallish and somewhat hard to press shutter key on the right near the lower edge, and you definitely need to hold the phone with two hands when taking a picture, unless you use the touchscreen. In addition, there is no front facing camera, which leaves video calls out of the equation.

The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera shutter key - The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
  

Camera shutter key

The back of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc


The other design element that classes up the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is the chromed band surrounding it, which encompasses all the rest of the buttons and openings – the volume rocker and microUSB port up right, the 3.5mm audio jack up left, as well as the cover of the microHDMI port and the power/lock button at the very top - which is unfortunately small and takes some getting used to.

The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc



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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3.3 2.3
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.2 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.92 x 2.48 x 0.34 inches
(125 x 63 x 8.7 mm)
4.13 oz  (117 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.91 hours talk time

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